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Cost of fighting warming `modest,` says UN panel

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14/04/2014

The cost of keeping global warming in check is "relatively modest," but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change said Sunday. Such gases, mainly CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels, rose on average by 2.2 percent a year in 2000-2010, driven by the use of coal in the power sector, ...

Masdar Institute and NEST AS partnering to build Thermal Energy Storage Solution

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14/04/2014

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and NEST AS are planning to develop a large-scale thermal energy storage technology (TES) pilot in Masdar City in preparation for MENA’s emerging CSP industry. Masdar institute’s solar energy department have been focusing on the development of concentrated solar power (CSP) and have recently launched the ‘Beam Down’ solar ...

Council approves environmental impact assessment directive

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15/04/2014

The Council today adopted1 a directive amending directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment (PE-CO S 15/14, 7927/14 ADD 1). Today's final adoption of the legislation by the Council follows an agreement reached at first reading with the European Parliament. The European Parliament voted at its plenary session of 12 March 2014. ...

What Are the Employers Responsibilities Regarding Noise at Work?

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15/04/2014

Employers Responsibilities Regarding Hearing Protection and Occupational Noise The dangers of excessive noise levels at work are well documented. Not only does loud noise pose a threat to workers’ hearing; it can also impair their ability to hear alarms and warnings in emergency situations. Then there are the legal and financial implications for your company if taken to court ...

Portable GC/MS attracts wide range of scientists

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15/04/2014

A recent seminar at the Open University attracted delegates from a wide range of industries, researchers and regulators. Focusing on a portable GC/MS, the speakers explained how minitiarisation of the technology has helped to create a highly sophisticated instrument that is able to deliver laboratory-grade results in the field. Dr Andrew Hobson from Quantitech (UK) demonstrated the ease with ...

IHS Donates Nearly $11 Million in IHS Kingdom Geoscience Software, Training and Services to Texas A&M University

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15/04/2014

IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), a leading global source of critical information and insight, today announced it has donated $10.9 million in the form of its industry-leading IHS Kingdom geoscience software licenses, training and supporting services to the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station. The donation will enable the university’s undergraduate and ...

Covanta Announces New Partnership With Western Massachusetts Municipalities for Bundled Sustainable Waste Services

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15/04/2014

 Covanta (NYSE: CVA), a world leader in sustainable waste management and renewable energy, today announced a new partnership with nine Western Massachusetts municipalities for bundled sustainable waste management services. Covanta will provide sustainable waste disposal at the Covanta Springfield Energy-from-Waste facility, in addition to other waste services. Covanta is the owner/operator ...

EPA Approves Buffalo Sewer Authority’s Plan to Reduce Sewage and Water Pollution in Niagara River

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15/04/2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation have approved the Buffalo Sewer Authority’s plan to reduce the amount of sewage and stormwater run-off that flow from the city of Buffalo’s combined sewer system. Combined sewer systems, which carry sewage from buildings and stormwater from the streets, are overwhelmed during heavy ...

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